Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones promised an uncomfortable offseason for his team, and thus far he hasn’t disappointed. In the weeks since Dallas’s Week 17 loss to Washington that eliminated the Cowboys’ playoff hopes, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has been replaced with Monte Kiffin, and longtime assistants Skip Peete (running backs coach) and Joe DeCamillis (special teams coach) have both moved on. Changes continued to sweep through Valley Ranch today with the news that head coach Jason Garrett will no longer be calling the team’s offensive plays.
Despite all of the team’s recent moves, Cowboys’ fans shouldn’t expect Jerry Jones to change his mind about Tony Romo anytime soon:
“Tony is so much on the page with us,” Jones said on the NFL Network (via The Dallas Morning News). “He’s
naturally a glass half-full guy, so he’s fired up about what we can do. I’ll
tell you this, I really would hate to be sitting here talking about getting
better, and starting fresh at quarterback and not having Romo.”
“He’s a big part of what we got to go with. He gets criticized and I always say, ‘Good, now tell
me who you want me to have there at quarterback? Go pick that guy for me for the
next game. Go get a better one right now.’ Do they just come out here (referring to Senior Bowl practice field) and you
can just take one home with you?”
While Jones is correct to point out how difficult it is to find a quarterback who can put up numbers like Romo, the uncomfortable situation that Jones is trying to create in Dallas will only become more complicated if Romo falls short of Jones’s expectations.